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Four police officers in western Mexico have been arrested on suspicion of abducting three missing Italian men for local gangsters, state prosecutors said on Saturday. The three men reportedly went missing on Jan. 31 after being detained by police at a gasoline station in the municipality of Tecalitlan in southern Jalisco state, the home of Mexico's second biggest city, Guadalajara. The Jalisco attorney general's office said four Tecalitlan police officers, three men and a woman, had been held on suspicion of carrying out the forced disappearance of the Naples natives Raffaele Russo, Antonio Russo and Vincenzo Cimmino.
By Trevor Hunnicutt and Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - Warren Buffett on Saturday lamented his inability to find big companies to buy and said his goal is to make "one or more huge acquisitions" of non-insurance businesses to bolster results at his conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway Inc. In his annual letter to Berkshire shareholders, Buffett said finding things to buy at a "sensible purchase price" has become a challenge and is a major reason Berkshire is awash with $116 billion of low-yielding cash and government bonds. Buffett said a "purchasing frenzy" binge by deal-hungry chief executives employing cheap debt has made that task difficult.
A far-right site known for its false and outlandish conspiracy theories has reportedly been reprimanded by YouTube after it posted a video which suggester survivors of the Florida school shooting were actors. InfoWars' biggest YouTube account, The Alex Jones Channel, is reported to have received one strike from the video-sharing site for the video. YouTube’s community guidelines stipulate the account will be shut down altogether if it gets three strikes in the space of three months, a source told CNN.
Around 2,000 Roman Catholic Filipinos protested in Manila on Saturday against a push to legalise divorce, with church groups also using the "Walk for Life" march to slam President Rodrigo Duterte's deadly drugs war. The pre-dawn protest was organised by church groups worried about the possible passage of a divorce bill, which is being championed by Duterte's allies in Congress.
Most probable voters in the United States now approve of President Donald Trump’s job performance, according to a new poll. Fifty per cent approved while 49 per cent disapproved, the Rasmussen Reports daily presidential tracking poll showed. It was the first time Mr Trump had hit 50 per cent in the poll, which surveys 500 probable voters, since June 2017. Other polls from earlier in the week had lower support for Mr Trump with Reuters/Ipsos putting him at 40 per cent, and Quinnipiac at 37 per cent. At the same stage of his presidency the Rasmussen poll gave Barack Obama a 45 per cent approval rating. Donald Trump approval rating: Rasmussen polls In the last few days Mr Trump has made a high profile push for making schools "hard targets" for gunmen, including supporting the arming of teachers. That came in the wake of America's worst ever high school shooting when 17 people died in Florida last week. He continued those calls in a freewheeling, hour-long campaign-style speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference near Washington on Friday. At the biggest annual gathering of conservative activists Mr Trump abandoned his script, in which he had been expected to announce new sanctions on North Korea. Looking from the stage at an image of himself on a big screen, he said: "By the way, what a nice picture that is. Look at that. I'd love to watch that guy speak!" Mr Trump then turned around and put his hands on the hair at the back of his head, admiring it on the screen. He told the crowd: "Oh, I try like hell to hide that bald spot, folks. I work hard at it. It doesn't look bad. Hey, we are hanging in, we are hanging in. Together, we are hanging in." The president added: "By the way, you don’t mind if I go off script a little bit, because, you know it’s sort of boring." In scenes reminiscent of his campaign rallies Mr Trump referred to "crooked" Hillary Clinton, his opponent in 2016, which sparked chants of "Lock her up" from the crowd. Why Donald Trump could win in 2020 At one point, a protester was removed after throwing a Russian flag towards the stage. The crowd of mostly young activists chanted “USA, USA” as the protester was ejected by security “They were very gentle. He was very obnoxious,” Mr Trump said. He then attacked the assembled media for spreading "fake news" and vowed to "build the wall 10ft higher" every time someone objected to it. Mr Trump called Democrats "crazed" and warned his supporters the Democrats "will take away your Second Amendment", the right to bear arms. Ariana Gonzalez is over come with emotion as she visits a cross setup for her friend, football coach Aaron Feis, at the memorial in front of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty He warned complacency would lead to Republicans being "clobbered" in upcoming Congressional elections in November. "Don’t be complacent because if the Democrats get in they will repeal your tax cuts," he added. Mr Trump asked the crowd of hundreds of people if they could have only one of tax cuts, or the Second Amendment, which they would choose The overwhelming majority cheered for the Second Amendment and he nodded his approval. Mr Trump added: “I think now we’ve proved I’m a conservative." He also publicly shamed an armed officer who failed to act during the Florida school shooting. Mr Trump condemned Scot Peterson, a sheriff's deputy who was on duty and in uniform as the resource officer posted to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. It emerged that Mr Peterson, 54, stood outside the building where the shooting happened for four minutes as Nikolas Cruz, 19, gunned down fellow teenagers. Mr Trump said: "Deputy Sheriff Peterson, I guess his name is...What he did, he's trained his whole life when it came time to get in there and do something, he didn’t have the courage or something happened. He heard it right from the beginning so he certainly did a poor job." The US president added that Mr Peterson "didn’t act properly under pressure" or "was a coward". He said the officer was "not a credit to law enforcement". Mr Trump added that he would rather have had teachers armed with concealed weapons at the scene. He suggested up to 20 per cent of teachers, and school staff such as sports coaches, were "gun-adept" and could be armed. That would be more than half a million teachers. Mr Trump said: "A teacher would have shot the hell out of him (Cruz) before he knew what happened. I'm telling you that would work. "These teachers love their students, and these teachers are talented with weaponry and with guns, and they (students) feel safe."
A police officer will be stationed at every public school in Florida, the state's governor announced Friday as part of a plan to improve security following last week's deadly high school shooting. President Donald Trump repeated his call, meanwhile, for arming some of America's teachers and claimed the controversial proposal was increasingly drawing support. The push to make schools safer came as the local sheriff's office released details of nearly two dozen visits to the residences of Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old behind the assault at Marjory Douglas Stoneman High School in Parkland, Florida.
A California couple accused of keeping 13 children imprisoned, chained and starved in a squalid suburban home were hit with additional charges on Friday as defense lawyers said they were overwhelmed by the sheer amount of evidence in the case. David Turpin, 57, and his wife Louise, 49, were advised of the new charges during a brief hearing in Riverside County Superior Court at which they appeared dressed in black at a table with their attorneys but did not speak. A spokesman for the Riverside County District Attorney's Office said the new charges included three counts of child abuse against both defendants.
By Jan Strupczewski and Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Poland's ruling party must do everything it can to stop anti-Semitic remarks that are hurting Poland's standing in the world and putting its interests at risk, European Council President Donald Tusk told a news conference on Friday. Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, said after he met Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki that discussions with other European leaders showed the situation of Warsaw was "very serious". "I told the prime minister the situation ... has a direct impact on Polish interests, Poland's reputation and Poland's standing in the world," Tusk said, adding that Morawiecki understood that.
By Robert Iafolla and Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday will consider for the second time in two years whether to choke off a critical funding stream for public-employee unions, potentially reducing organized labor's influence in the workplace and at the ballot box. The nine justices will hear a challenge backed by anti-union groups to the legality of fees that workers who are not members of unions representing teachers, police, firefighters and certain other government employees must pay to help cover the costs of collective bargaining with state and local governments. Two dozen states require payment of these so-called agency fees, covering roughly 5 million public-sector workers, that provide millions of dollars annually to unions.
If you wait until you are 70 to take your Social Security benefit, you will receive monthly payments that are 32 percent higher than the benefits you would have received at 66, which is the retirement age for many Americans. Retirees who wait to claim can get hundreds of dollars more each month than those who take benefits early. Most Americans take Social Security before full retirement age, often because they can't afford not to.
Chinese billionaire Li Shufu has bought a near 10-percent stake in Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler, making him the German group's largest single shareholder, a stock market filing showed Friday. Li, who chairs auto giant Geely Automobile Holdings, bought a 9.69-percent stake in the carmaker, worth around 7.2 billion euros ($8.9 billion), according to the filing. The billionaire is no stranger to the European car business, having bought Sweden's Volvo in 2010.
A town in northeast Nigeria where Boko Haram is believed to have kidnapped scores of schoolgirls was vulnerable to attack because of a lack of security, residents said on Friday. Terrified pupils fled the school in Dapchi, Yobe state, on Monday night when heavily armed fighters stormed the town in a convoy of pickup trucks. Nigeria's government has been unable to confirm the number of missing girls, which has revived memories of the mass abduction of more than 200 girls in Chibok in April 2014.
President Trump announced that the U.S. was imposing a new round of sanctions taking aim at North Korea, the latest effort to tighten the economic vise in response to the Stalinist regime’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs. He announced the sanctions as Ivanka visited the Olympic Games in South Korea.
Two death row inmates have won last minute reprieves, including a man whose father pleaded for his life even though his son had hired a hitman to kill his family, officials say. Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued the rare reprieve for Thomas Bartlett "Bart" Whitaker, 38, who had been sentenced to die Thursday for a 2003 murder-for-hire that took his mother and brother's life and left his father seriously wounded. "Mr Whitaker must spend the remainder of his life behind bars as punishment for this heinous crime," Abbott wrote in a proclamation explaining his decision, shortly before the scheduled execution.
There's a place in the desert where the ghosts of camels seem to loom out of ancient rocks. The Camel Site, as researchers call it, is spread across the Sakaka basin in Saudi Arabia's Jawf province. Time, human interference and erosion have worn away all tool marks and other signs of the camel reliefs' creation, making their authors difficult to identify and their origin difficult to date, according to a paper published Feb. 9 in the journal Antiquity.